Swallows and Amazons, Hardback
4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


A master storyteller, sympathetically in touch with real children and their interests, has created characters who are accepted as friends by children everywhere, not to mention plots which are eminently plausible and unexpected.' SUNDAY TIMES, in an article listing Swallows and Amazons among '99 Best Books for Children.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780224606318



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having adventures independent of adults, this was quite groundbreaking at the time. Ripping yarns with no moralising.I adore this series and totally identified with the children, learnt semaphore, made maps, went exploring etc etc, hence Cumbria is the landscape of my childhood. Had I actually lived in Cumbria I'd have gone feral and quite possibly fallen into an old copper mine.Wasn't as impressed by the improbable Missee Lee, or Peter Duck. LOVED Winter Holiday, Swallowdale, Pigeon Post, Picts and Martyrs...etc etc!Timeless joy!!

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Read first in Summer of 1944 while ill in bed. Was totally immersed in it.Have never enjoyed any book more.

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An enjoyable tale of adventure, although shifts in language since 1929 make for some now-unfortunate word choices.

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Oh dear. Not so good, no. All the bits about sailing, about reefs and halyards etc, were a waste of time for those not in the know. If there had been explanatory sketches, maybe that would have been better.<br/><br/>And the cardboard characters. John the eldest, concerned about honor and duty. Susan the next, little mother. Titty next, heroine twice over. And Roger the pup. None of them grew in wisdom or maturity significantly. Ok, Titty is a little more able to focus on a task, and Roger can swim. Wow. The Amazons, and the mother, were a bit more interesting - but only a bit.<br/><br/>I mean, the children never bickered, or had misunderstandings, or anything normal to siblings. The older ones must be in their teens or nearly - don't any of them miss their friends from school? Why didn't Susan teach Roger to sew on his own darn buttons?<br/><br/>I tell you the talk of 'natives' bothered me - a lot. But when they got to the bit about the charcoal burners, and said "They look like savages. Let's go and see them," and then they *did* go and see them, just as if they were off to see monkeys in a zoo, well, I can't believe I kept reading after that.<br/><br/>Even the big adventure, the mystery, was anti-climactic. I'm not saying there should have been some contrived drama or a ghost or something - but gosh, in real life *something* would have happened. You know what, the adventure that did exist actually felt more contrived than many a bigger adventure might have.<br/><br/>I do see how some might like this book, might be able to vicariously join on this little expedition. I probably would have liked it a bit better as a child. I won't give it a one-star bomb. But I can not, will not, recommend it.

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